Weird And Offbeat Museums: The Pharmacy Museum in Krakow. You know me (like OPP), I’m always hunting down weird and offbeat things to do in order to bring you the best alternative experiences that Europe has to offer. I hit the jackpot in Amsterdam with the Lloyd Hotel which features rooms with swings and beds for eight people and the Katten Kabinet, a museum dedicated exclusively to cat art. Then there was Prague, where I stumbled across all sorts of weird and wonderful things.
In Krakow, it was a little tougher to find such weird and offbeat attractions. While I managed to stumble upon some pretty epic street art and have a fun time at the Jewish flea market, I found the city still possesses a rather serious and somber tone. This is mostly due in part to it’s rather tragic history, which can clearly be seen and felt as you travel around especially at the New Jewish Cemetery.
Weird And Offbeat Museums: The Pharmacy Museum in Krakow
But have no fear, I did happen to find at least one strange place which happens to none other than the Pharmacy Museum (Muzeum Farmacji). Located in a 15th century building, the museum spans over five stories from the basement to the attic still retaining it’s original gothic cellars, renaissance ceilings and even a 19th century fresco.
Founded in 1946, the history of pharmacy throughout the middle ages to modern times is featured through the 22,000 objects on display including old lab equipement, rare books, glassware, furniture and various pharmaceutical instruments.
In fact, a few full-scale pharmacies from previous times have been painstakingly recreated such as this old apothecary cellar where herbal medicines were hung to dry.
I quite like this old advertisement. Please, “Tell me, doctor …“
Although the stairs in the museum appeared normal to me, the staff feel compelled to warn you about metal fittings.
So if you’re looking for something weird and offbeat to do in Krakow (or like me have a desperate need to escape the cold), then stop by the Pharmacy Museum.
Why not? It’s rare and one of the few of it’s kind in the entire world, the largest of it’s kind in Europe and heck, you may even learn something new. Also, admission is insanely cheap at 2 euros for adults!
Floriańska 25, Kraków, Poland
+48 12 421 92 79